Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free
John Goerzen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> How many times do I have to repeat it.
> DEBIAN DOES NOT INLCUDE NON-FREE NOW.
In German we say, that someone who is shouting, is often wrong...
> There is NO CHANGE to our distribution by accepting this proposal.
> The change is, at worst, to the archive and a few sources.lists.
Debian doesn't include non-free software but we provide some
infrastructure (dinstall, BTS, upload-queues, ftp archives and
mirrors,...) to non-free packages. This makes life easier for
maintainers and users of non-free packages.
Adding lines to sources.list is not the only consequence of your
proposal. It also means, that someone has to re-implement the
complete Debian infrastructure for non-free packages again. And how
can the user find out what packages are trustworthy? So we need a
non-free-new-maintainer mechanism, a non-free-keyring,...
Now there are two possible ways:
1. Someone will copy the complete Debian infrastructure to some
non-free parallel project or
2. Nobody will do this job and our users will switch over to other
distributions because they aren't able to use some (currently)
necessary applications on a Debian system.
ad 1.: Maybe this "someone" will be a current Debian maintainer, so
this extra job will decrease his time for Debian. Is this
really what you intend?
ad 2.: Have a look at the chaos of the RedHat contrib section, where
many packages have a very low quality and dependencies are
often broken. Do you really want to make it that hard for our
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